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Colonel S P Meek

Colonel Sterner St Paul Meek (1894 - 1972), who also wrote under the names Capt S P Meek, Major S P Meek and Sterner St Paul, was a US military chemist. Before turning to writing children’s books, he wrote science fiction, which, despite its popularity, critic Samuel R Delany called “unbelievably bad.”

Sterner St Paul Meek studied at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MIT. During the First World War, he joined the American Army as a military chemist and ordnance expert. When he retired from the Army in 1947, he became a full time writer.

After his excursion into science fiction, he turned to children’s books, most of which were about animals, especially dogs. He wrote four horse books.

Finding the books: Bellfarm is expensive; Frog easy and cheap to find in its Famous Horses incarnation; expensive as a first edition; Midnight is reasonably easy to find, but can be expensive, and Pagan is expensive as a first edition. None of the books were published in the UK.

Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

Wikipedia on Colonel S P Meek

Bellfarm Star, the Story of a Pacer

Dodd Mead, New York, 1955, 231 pp, illus Gerald McCann

Reprinted 1956

“Roger hopes that Sally’s next foal will be good enough to go in the Hambletonian, but when
Roger is missing in action in the war and Bellfarm Star breaks his leg, only Roger’s brother
Chub believes that things will turn out well.”

Bibliography - horse books only

Pagan, a Border Patrol Horse

Knopf, New York,1951, 238 pp
Knopt, New York, 1965

“Ted and his gelding Pagan both work for the Texas Border Patrol tracing down mojados,
Mexicans who have illegally entered the United States.”

Midnight: a Cow Pony

A A Knopf, New York, 1949, 217 pp

Various Knopf reprints

“A supposedly tenderfoot cowboy comes to the Lazy E Ranch asking to be taken on so he
can learn all about ranching, but when he is told to choose his string of horses, he chooses
Midnight, a cowpony few can ride.”

Frog, the Horse that Knew No Master

William Penn Publishing Co, Philadelphia, 1933
(possibly - various publishers given for 1st edition)

Knopf, 1946, illus Charles Hargens

Grosset & Dunlap, Famous Horse Series

“Frog, the US cavalry horse stationed in Panama, is
described as a vicious outlaw destined to be destroyed
until Lieutenant Scott is sent to Panama and he turns the
bay horse into a good polo mount.”